Eagle-eyed viewers – and, for detective dramas, we should assume that’s the majority – may have noticed a small detail in an early episode of the long-running ITV series Midsomer Murders. “You’ll see one of the characters reading a book called Magpie Murders. At that point, I hadn’t written it, but I got the book made up into a prop anyway,” Anthony Horowitz, writer of both, told the RTS.
A behind the scenes look at BritBox UK's upcoming crime series Magpie Murders.
On the panel, moderated by host Caroline Frost, are writer of the series and original novel Anthony Horowitz, producer Jill Green, director Peter Cattaneo and stars Lesley Manville, Daniel Mays and Tim McMullan.
The six-part drama is inspired by real-life events and takes place in the Nottinghamshire mining village where Graham grew up.
An already fractured community is completely torn apart when two tragic and unexpected killings lead to a massive manhunt to find the person responsible.
Suspicion and antipathy begin to seep into the town, straining relationships between lifelong neighbours and towards the police forces.
The killings threaten to reignite historic divisions sparked during the miners strike three decades before.
The three-part series includes I Am Maria, I Am Victoria and I Am Danielle, with Savage collaborating with the lead actors to create stories with personal resonance and improvised dialogue.
Manville stars in I Am Maria, which uncovers the cracks that can appear in long-term relationships and the dilemma of being at a crossroads in life and navigating the opportunities and doubt that can bring.
A short trailer accompanied the announcement, in which Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II declares: “Something as important as the monarchy simply cannot be allowed to fail.”
The trailer also introduced the characters of Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana, played by Gillian Anderson and Emma Corrin.
The coming series will follow the arrival of Thatcher as Prime Minister and Diana’s turbulent relationship with Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor).
Written by playwright Moira Buffini, Harlots explores the world of Georgian London’s most valuable commercial activity – sex.
Inspired by the stories of real women in 18th century London, the high-powered family drama follows Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a brothel owner struggling to reconcile her profession with her role as mother to her daughters.
Lesley Manville (Mum) stars as the rival madam Lydia Quigley, who ruthlessly attempts to upend Margaret’s business.
Ten of the original monologues will be remade and two new ones, written by Bennett last year, will also be showcased.
Produced by Nicholas Hytner’s London Theatre Company and Kevin Loader, filming will take place at the BBC Elstree Studios using current sets.
The monologues tell stories that are important and timely, all while allowing the actors to perform despite the coronavirus lockdown.
Save Me Too follows the return of estranged father Nelly (Lennie James), seventeen months after his unsuccessful search for his missing daughter Jody.
Challenged to re-evaluate his life decisions, Nelly’s search forced him to take dangerous risks that dragged him into a dark underworld that trafficks kidnapped youngsters including Jody.
The multi-stranded drama – written by Peter Bowker – chronicles World War Two through the eyes of people on all sides of the global conflict.
The series takes viewers back to the summer of 1939 and looks at the first year of the war, from civilian life in Manchester to combat on the beaches of Dunkirk.
As the world starts to crash and burn, translator Harry (Jonah Hauer- King) falls in love with Polish waitress Kasia (Zofia Wichlacz) while working at the British Embassy in Warsaw.